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MARS Group meeting

Regular Advisory Group on Market Surveillance meeting

20 February 2024 11:00 - 13:00

The Advisory Group on Market Surveillance (MARS) was established in 2003 to promote global trade and economic cooperation. The Group brings together all players involved (public authorities, manufacturers, retailers, importers, consumers, etc.) to increase transparency and attract attention to the role and responsibilities of public authorities in the chain of control. It has developed comprehensive guidance and serves as a forum of best practice and development of recommendation guidelines. 

This MARS Group meeting takes place to plan MARS Group meetings in 2024 and the modalities of implementing MARS work plan and WP.6 33rd plenary decisions in 2024. The attendance is expected by WP.6 MARS members, market surveillance authorities and experts.

The meeting will have a guest speaker, Lena Södergren, Vice President Verification of Conformity & Africa, Cotecna giving a presentation on “Market surveillance management tools for the African market”.  She is an experienced Director of Business Development with a demonstrated history of working in the international trade and government services (B2G) for one of the global industry leader in Certification and Inspection.  She will present tools that have been marketed on the African market in order to enhance market surveillance solutions.

Also, overview of the revision of Recommendations M and N and development of the General Market Surveillance Procedure (GMSP) will be given during the meeting.

Draft agenda

Session

Item

Subject

Timing

Administrative

1a

Roll call

5

1b

Approval of the agenda

5

1c

Approval of the minutes of the 6 December 2023 meeting

5

1d

Update from Secretariat

5

Substantive

2

Invited guest speaker:

Lena Södergren, Vice President Verification of Conformity & Africa, Cotecna

“Market surveillance management tools for the African market”

20 minute presentation followed by discussion

30

3

Overview and results of public review period comments to the revision of Recommendation M

Lucy Salt, MARS Vice-Chair

20

4

Overview of history of development of Recommendation N and plans for its revision

Jan Deconinck, MARS Chair

20

5

Presentation on General Market Surveillance Procedure (GMSP) and its planned update

Ivan Hendrikx, MARS Vice-Chair

20

 

6

Any other business - All

10

 

 

Next MARS call/meeting: 4 April 2024 annual meeting during Third WP.6 Forum